Paula McArdle was born in 1971 in Staffordshire, graduated in Fine Art from Brighton University. She worked for the BBC in Graphic Design then went to the USA and worked in New Jersey. At the same time she was travelling extensively, painting and drawing scenes from village life.
Her humanity is never far from the surface. Every scene has a discreet tongue in check feeling behind it. A gentle mockery of our sentiments and mores is ever present, but at the same time her work shows a love and compassion of a heart touched with a discreet wonder of "La Comedie Humaine".
Ever her colors have a discreet feeling. Her preferences for shell pinks, soft greys, bluey green and warm browns, show emotional significance. They are clues to the nature of the image.
Naive Art has no past and no future. It captures the "now". Whereas the trained artist cannot ignore the art of his predecessors and contemporaries, naive artists work as if on a desert island, creating images of the world around them, mingled with their imagination, without the barrier of tradition.
This serigraph is signed lower right "Paula McArdle", numbered lower left "82/485" and titled "Watching" in pencil. Framed in a wooden gilded frame and glazed.
The print was donated to FARA Teddington